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Ray Bradbury is my favorite science fiction writer His works are prophet- ic and powerful. He has countless works but for the purposes of this article I will mention my three favorites Fahrenheit 451 The Martian Chronicles and The Toynbee Convector. The first one is perhaps one of his best known novels. The second is a collection of short stories connected by a common theme and the last is my favorite of his short stories. I would like to start with The Martian Chronicles. When I was 14 years old I went to England with my family. While we were in Oxford I bought a copy of this book at a quaint little store. I read it cover to cover about 20 times on the plane ride home. I still have the book. Anyway this book tells the story of humanitys exploration and colonization of Mars. Bradbury adds two very unique elements. First he gives Mars an indigenous pop- ulation of peaceful creative and intelligent Martians. Secondly he gave Mars itself a thin blue oxygen atmosphere. I could write an entire article about this book. Instead I will limit it to three of the stories. They are The Third Expedition Naming of Names and Usher II. The first one tells the story of an expedition which has come to Mars to find out what happened to the first two. Upon landing the crew three men find themselves on a street with all their boyhood homes. Long dead relatives appear. Have they died No the Martians are reading their thoughts to lull them into a false confidence. It is the only way the Martians can stop these strange beings from the blue and green planet next to them. The second story is incredibly short. Simply put it is a description of colonists naming mountains rivers canyons and towns as they arrive. This is a great parallel to what European colonists did as they arrived in the Americas. Interestingly enough all the Martians die due to diseases Humans brought with them. Sound familiar to any students of history Usher II is one of my favorites from this book. Before I ever bought a copy of The Martian Chronicles I had become fascinated with Edgar Allan Poe. When I realized Ray Bradbury was paying tribute to Poe I was hooked To this day they are both still my favorites. This story is a tale of revenge. A wealthy man invites the crme de la crme of Earth society to his replica of the House of Usher. He subsequently kills them all. The rich and powerful have outlawed reading literature pretty much anything creative andor intellectual. If that society sounds familiar it is because it is the same society of Farenheit 451. Montage the main character is a fire- man. Fireman burn all books found in the possession of others. Nobody reads everyone watches big screens called the family theatre and everyone takes pills to feel ok happy or sad. Sound familiar Montage has a change of heart and discovers how enriching literature can be. I feel this book is not about censorship but it is about social control. The Toynbee Convector deals with time travel. Professor Toynbee travels to the future. He comes back with photographs of a beautiful utopian future where Humans have solved all their problems. Now it is the anniversary of that historic trip to the future I urge all you reading this article to read this story. I do not want to spoil the ending. Now that I have shared my favorite works of Ray Bradbury I would like to explain what it is I love about his creative style. There is very unique visual style in his writing. I know all writers describe the scenery of their works but with Bradbury there is natural and fluid visualization of his works. It pulls you into his worlds in a way that words cannot accurately convey. Also he was quite prophetic. He wrote about people travelling in rockets two decades before it was a reality. Great science fiction is always prophetic Ray Bradbury is and always will be my favorite science fiction writer. His works are powerful insightful and genius. If you have never read any of his works you owe it to yourself to do so as soon as possible. My only regret is that I never had the chance to meet him. I have always believed you should write what you know My passions and fascinations include history philosophy mythology and psychology. I love to people watch. I get many ideas that way. I am an avid science fiction fan. Science fiction is based in our imagination our imagination propels humanity forward in all our endeavors. -Lewis Stockham Why I Love Ray Bradbury By Lewis Stockham 16